• William T. Howe Ph.D.

May 15, 2021

Daily Reading: II Chronicles 18-20

II Chronicles 20:12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.

The Moabites are coming! The Ammonites are coming! Others are coming! What are we to do? This is that which Jehoshaphat faced. He was the King of Judah; warriors were marching toward him with certain destruction their aim. His people were wanting to know, what will we do? He was in a fix. Without an army that could stand against such great foes as these what would he do?

He chose wisely. He decided to enact the remedy that was mentioned by Solomon. Pray to Almighty God facing the Temple which was where the Lord dwelt. He prayed. He prayed like his life depended upon it. He prayed like the lives of his countrymen depended upon it. He prayed like he could only depend upon the Lord God and none other. One phrase he mentioned was, but our eyes are upon thee. Their eyes, the eyes of the nation, were upon the Lord. Meaning their attention, their hope, their only expectation, awaiting His moving, looking for His strong arm of defense. Yes, their eyes were upon Him.

Just as He promised Solomon, the Lord God did. He heard the king’s prayer, He realized they looked to Him, and He delivered them; just as He said He would. In fact, in the Lord's answer to Jehoshaphat's prayer was this promise: Ye shall not need to fight in this battle (20:17). There are battles we as God's children must fight, and there are battles we have no need to fight. Wisdom is knowing the difference through trust in Him.

God did fight this battle for Judah. Verse 30 of the same chapter records: So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round about. Not only was Judah protected from destruction by the enemy, but they were also enriched by the enemies' defeat. It took them three days to collect and carry away all of the spoils won in the victory which the Lord won for them. A double dose of blessings to a nation that simply trusted the Lord God and His promise.

All's well that ends well right? But it didn't end well. About four or five years later, Jehoshaphat made an alliance with the wicked king of Israel, Ahaziah. Their navy was broken and destroyed because of his trust being placed in Ahaziah. Jehoshaphat died defeated.

Herein is the lesson. The same God that provided yesterday is the same God that can provide today. Keep your eyes upon Him, trust in His promises and forego making ungodly alliances.

Until tomorrow, trust in Christ today.

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